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Site update – July 10

During the windstorm in June, we sustained some significant damage to the antenna system at the RPT site in Uxbridge. At this time, the site is off-air, and planning is underway to restore the system, however this will take some time. We thank our members for their patience as we get things back on the air. The VE3TWR repeaters are unaffected and remain in 24/7 operation.

Site update

Originally posted June 19.

This is what is working today.

  1. Internet was down - it is now back up. It is running on ac for now. (Inverter is no good.)
  2. RPT 70cm side is up and running both system fusion and FM
  3. RPT 2m side is running only FM until update is completed.
  4. BEG Icom 220 is running 20 watts with no amp.
  5. IRLP is off line.
  6. D-star running linking available
  7. Batteries were cleaned and topped-up
  8. Both tower 2m 70cm are ok.

This is what needs to be done.

  1. Six meter. Works on the receive side. Duplexers to be installed.
  2. 1.25 g is up and running
  3. Clean up the shack in progress
  4. 10m still on hold until transmitter finds a spot.
  5. TWR 70cm side needs firmware update.
  6. Siding on roof for the shack needs to be closed off from mice and raccoons. (In progress)
  7. AGM meeting and picnic to be planned

We will make another trip soon at a later date.

Thanks to the following people for helping out.
Malcolm, Nigel, Paul, Ian, Henry, & William

Skyloft update

Mike VA3MW and Paul VE3KU visited Skyloft today to fix a few things.

Current status:

  • 224.860 functional
  • 442.100 down for maintenance - should be back in about a week
  • 53.03 down for maintenance - should be back in about a week

Mike adds:

And, if you don't think it doesn't get windy on the top of the tower, I recorded this speed on October 29th around 7:45 in the morning. No wonder things move around up there.

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Skyloft update, May 2015

You may have noticed the technical team led by Mike VA3MW has been making changes to the repeater system. Last week, our new controller was installed and is now functional on 147.060 and 224.860. Other repeaters will follow in the coming weeks as the integration continues.

The beep you hear is the indication that the Time Out Timer (TOT) has been reset allowing for you to continue your QSO. You are not required to wait until the repeater tail drops as you may have done in the past.

We are still in our integration phase, so there are many changes that are still ongoing as we build for the future.

There is a lot more information to come, including how to link repeaters together, etc. If you are an IRLP user, all you need to do is follow the original instructions that you may have received in your membership package, except you are not required to dial 3171 any more. Just dial the IRLP commands as outlined. Also, IRLP is only functional from 147.060 at this time. Inbound calls to IRLP will also ring out on 147.060.

November update

TFMers:

Over the past weeks, we have been making a lot of changes at the Skyloft site and we would like to thank you all for your support, either financially or by volunteering. It has been so great, that we have not captured all those that have actually dropped in and we have failed to capture your name or callsign. If you have, can you please drop us an email so we can recognize you all accordingly.

Nathan VA3NXP on the tower. Photo by Mike VA3MW
Nathan VA3NXP on the tower - Photo by Mike VA3MW

What has happened so far:

  • The old and very trusted 6809 micro controller was removed from service last Sunday after literally decades of amazing service. There isn't much electronics that runs that long in today's world. It is a credit to those that designed her in the first place and how great a job they did starting from scratch. This innovation was so great in its time, that it was written up in IEEE magazine. We also thank Nigel VE3ID who has been one of the key surgeons who has kept her running for the last 10 years including recovering from a very major lightning strike over 10 years ago. The back of the rack is no longer off limits. 🙂
  • With the 6809 gone, that allows us to clean out the back room and remove everything. In order to do that, we have to turn off all the repeaters on Sunday at Skyloft. This didn't include the 2 repeaters at the CN Tower.

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